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Old 16th June 2010, 08:33 PM
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hi all,does anybody own or has anybody seen madman? i guess yes! good or bad film? personally i think its a great film,if a little slow. yeah,a rip off the likes of the burning and friday,but i think its a good flik and maybe deserves a sequel?in my eyes it is a classic 80s horror.bad acting,hair styles a good story.done many times but still a good one?
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Old 16th June 2010, 08:37 PM
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I pick up the anchor bay dvd in a second hand shop. I couldnt even get half way through it, for me it was pretty god awful. Formulaic, badly acted and not really any good kills (usally the best reason to watch 80's slashers). Plus it if i remember right it had a god awful scene in a hot tub.
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Old 16th June 2010, 09:49 PM
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Not bad.
But I prefer The Burning.

There's a lot of people like it though,and I've seen a lot worse in the slasher dept.
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I thought it was slow,too dark and lacking gore.I liked the bleak ending though.
I sold the uk AB disk on ebay for 17 only cost me a fiver.
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Plus it if i remember right it had a god awful scene in a hot tub.
You're not wrong there. Diabolical music during this sequence too!

I actually quite like Madman and consider the film one of my fave '80s backwoods slashers (stop sniggering at the back!). I also approve of the use of the colour Blue in certain moments and i'm happy with movie's pace and gore quotient.

Some of the cast members aren't exactly photogenic though, it has to be said!

Pretty decent ABUK/US DVD releases too despite the non-anamorphic prints.
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A new special edition is coming from Code Red.
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Old 18th June 2010, 03:31 PM
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Just in time for Halloween and will be anamorphic apparently!
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Old 18th June 2010, 09:31 PM
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I have a fond affection for this movie as I grew up with a pretty worn VHS copy! Me and my mate would sit and watch it and sing along the Madman Marz song.

I agree it is pretty slow, but it does have some good stalk and slash scenes. The actors and acting is pretty abysmal yeah I agree.

Couldn't resist picking up the AB DVD release tho ... think it cost me 3.99.

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A new special edition is coming from Code Red.
Nice one, Loops and needless to say i'm up for a copy!
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I have a fond affection for this movie as I grew up with a pretty worn VHS copy! it does have some good stalk and slash scenes.
I also first caught Madman on VFO's VHS release (featuring the old British cinema X rated print i believe.) many moons ago and found the credit scenes quite memorable too. What with the typical '80s Casio-esque synth score and black lettering against a red background. The idea of having encompassing tree branches resembling clawed hands was also a novelty i thought.

The stalk 'n slash moments are pretty tense imo (Jan Claire hiding in the fridge!) and i rank this film right up there with my other fave fright fare of the time such as The Burning, The Prowler, Hell Night and Intruder. How about Arrow releasing these latter two, Almar?
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